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a new lease of life

1. An occasion or opportunity for a renewed enjoyment in, enthusiasm for, or appreciation of one's life. Primarily heard in UK. After finding out that the tests came back negative for cancer, I feel as though I've been given a new lease of life! Mary's gotten a new lease of life ever since her daughter was born.
2. An extension or increase in the time in which something or someone can be useful or successful. Primarily heard in UK. Our company was given a new lease of life when we partnered with the global corporation. John's film got a new lease of life when his wealthy grandfather agreed to fund the rest of the production.
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new lease on life

A new chance to happy, healthy, or successful after surviving a hardship. After the doctor declared that her cancer was in remission, Harriet felt like she had a new lease on life.
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a new lease on life

An occasion or opportunity for a renewed enjoyment in, enthusiasm for, or appreciation of one's life. After finding out that the tests came back negative, I feel as though I've been given a new lease on life! Mary's gotten a new lease on life ever since her daughter was born.
See also: lease, life, new, on

give a new lease of life

1. To give one occasion or opportunity for a renewed enjoyment in, enthusiasm for, or appreciation of one's life. A noun or pronoun can be used between "give" and "a." After finding out that the tests came back negative for cancer, I feel as though I've been given a new lease of life!
2. To improve or refurbish something that is worn or old. A noun or pronoun can be used between "give" and "a." That new engine has really given my car a new lease of life.
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lease something back

to sell something, then rent it from the buyer. We sold the building to a real estate firm and then leased it back. There was some tax saving involved. We leased back the building.
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lease something from someone

to rent something from someone. We decided to lease the building from the owner rather than buying it. The company always leases its cars from the dealership.
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lease something (out) to someone

to rent something to someone. The company leases cars out to its customers. Can you lease this building to me for two years? Lease out only the first two floors.
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new lease on life

Cliché a renewed and revitalized outlook on life. Getting the job offer was a new lease on life. When I got out of the hospital, I felt as if I had a new lease on life.
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new lease on life

A fresh start; renewed vigor and good health, as in Since they bought his store Dad has had a new lease on life. This term with its allusion to a rental agreement dates from the early 1800s and originally referred only to recovery from illness. By the mid-1800s it was applied to any kind of fresh beginning.
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a new lease of life

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a new lease on life

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COMMON If someone or something is given a new lease of life or a new lease on life, something makes them successful once again or improves their condition. The old oak table was another bargain, picked up for just £4 and given a new lease of life by Kim's mother. After a career as a comedian, he found a new lease of life as an actor. Swimming gave me a new lease on life — I found I had much more energy to do stuff. Note: Words such as another, fresh, or second are sometimes used instead of new. T-shirts and hats can be given a fresh lease of life with glass beads. Note: A lease is a contract by which you can rent property for a fixed period of time.
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a new lease of (or on) life

a substantially improved prospect of life or use after rejuvenation or repair.
1997 BBC Vegetarian Good Food Give salads, sandwiches and jacket spuds a new lease of life with a spoonful of flavoured mayonnaise.
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a (ˌnew) lease of ˈlife

(British English) (American English a (ˌnew) lease on ˈlife) a chance for somebody/something to live/last longer; a chance to get more enjoyment and satisfaction out of life: The successful heart operation gave him a new lease of life.The outside of the city hall has just been thoroughly cleaned and it’s given the old place a new lease on life.
See also: lease, life, of

lease up

v.
1. To fully lease some building: The housing agency leased up the new apartment building in record time. After the new building had been on the market for only one week, the real estate agent had leased it up. The retail spaces were leased up before construction even started.
2. To become fully leased: The new office building leased up in less than a week.
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a new lease on life

An opportunity to improve one's circumstances or outlook.
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Darien, Georgia: The Darien property currently includes 198,110 square feet of gross leasable area, which is currently 80.
approximately 230,000 square feet of gross leasable area and was
It currently owns 14 regional malls and two community shopping centers comprising total gross leasable area of approximately 10.
With the completion of this transaction, the company will own 14 regional malls and two community shopping centers comprising total gross leasable area of approximately 10.
0 million square feet of leasable space located throughout 42 states, Canada and Mexico.
Including new leases, the Trust has added over 1,100,000 square feet of leasable space since its inception at the beginning of June 1993.
6 million square feet of gross leasable area, and 26 related retail real estate assets, with approximately 2.
Upon scheduled completion in 1994 of the 5 centers under construction, Tanger will operate over 2,900,000 square feet of gross leasable area, representing an increase of 46.
9 acres of the shopping center consisting of 100,500 square feet of gross leasable area that includes Old Navy, Goody's, Toys 'R' Us as well as additional retail space.
The Company operates mainly in Israel, and owns and manages properties with a gross leasable area of approx.
05mn sqm net leasable area can be delivered only in mall segment, which is nearly double the existing net leasable area within malls.
4 million, or $82 per square foot of gross leasable area.
09 million square feet of gross leasable area to about 1.
1 million square feet of gross leasable area, and 16 related retail real estate assets, with approximately 694,000 square feet of gross leasable area.
Work on the interior renovation of the 11-story, 125,000 s/f building began November 2004, with completion scheduled for December 2005 for the Church's offices, and March 2006 for the lobby and leasable space.